Israeli tanks destroyed Hamas observation posts in retaliation for the launch of incendiary balloons from Gaza and border riots. Israeli defense officials believe the incidents of recent weeks are part of an attempt by Hamas to pressure Israel to honor its commitments.
Hamas resumed night operations along the border fence, which it suspended months ago after agreeing on several commitments with Tel Aviv. These include the fuel supplies that have ceased in recent weeks and threaten to leave the region’s only power plant without the possibility of generating power.
The naval forces of the Hebrew country also restored the blockade of the Gaza coast, prohibiting Palestinian boats from going fishing. Israel decided to reinstate the blockade in response to the launching of incendiary balloons from the enclave into Israeli agricultural fields.
This has provoked an even greater reaction from the Palestinians and retaliatory attacks by Israel. However, Hamas has avoided the use of firearms so far, which according to Israeli officials reflects a desire to draw the world’s attention to this situation, but keep the tension low.
The Palestinian group would also be trying to send messages to all interested parties that want to continue payments from Qatar and Egypt to facilitate the passage of people and goods through the Rafah border crossing with Gaza.
Egyptian defense officials are expected to visit the Strip soon in an effort to avoid another round of clashes with Israel.